Tool process design engineer apprenticeship

Design unique tooling process pathways

This role is found in the advanced manufacturing sheet metal/presswork supply chain of automotive and aerospace. During the tool process design engineer apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for designing a unique economically viable high-volume process tooling pathway, capable of mass production, while meeting customer specification and achieving consistently high tolerances and quality standards. The process pathway often includes a series of steps using uniquely designed press tooling procedures such as blanking, drawing, piercing and forming in order to make the completed component. You’ll have to determine from the volume of required components whether to design manually operated or automatic press tooling. In some designs, the components being produced could also be part of an assembly created from different additional sheet metal pressings that have to be welded together. Examples of a tool process design is the manufacture of complex automotive and aerospace sub-assemblies such as aeroplane and car seat chassis, vehicle doors and bumper beam assemblies that undergo several process steps.


Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths

Entry requirements for the tool process design engineer apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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